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Posted: Yesterday at 22:29

Yeah, and a massive lasagne later that day.  Hard done by.  Tscha.  

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Posted: Yesterday at 15:21

Recovery fortnight, Muddy?  Niiice.  You're on salad rations then.  And dust.  A lovely bit of dust.  

Well done on the 20, Lit.  I know what you mean about the long runs.  It feels like "proper" marathon training now.  Best way to explore a new place I reckon.  Will you go past 20 in training by the way?  My plan only goes up to 20 but I feel like I'd like to do one 22.  a. because I did last time and b. because psychological it's then only adding another 4 on.  Thoughts?

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Posted: Yesterday at 12:08

18 miles done.  Nearly all off-road.  Phew.  Now to eat all of the food.  Makes 47.5 (the 0.5 is important) for the week which I think is my highest ever.  Plus 18 is the furthest I've run since marathon in 2010.  

Sounds like fun x-country, DT.  Well done to Tommy by the sounds of it.  

Good luck for today, Bob.


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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:28

Good Parkrunning, Charlie - and you win the PB streak prize for 2015 so far, surely!

Looking forward to the report, DT.  

Oooh, Lou back from the chippy.  We is having an affletes tea, innnit.   

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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:22

Parkrun went well.  Helped that the ground was partially frozen so the slippy bit around the football pitches was not too bad and they used the normal route rather than the special winter one.  Ran hard from the gun.  Feared a bit of suicide pace a bit going around the pitches but I dialled it back slightly and was ok.  Annoying man on the way around who kept pointlessly overtaking me and then sitting directly in front of me and getting in my way (must have done it 4 or 5 times).  Think he didn't like getting beaten by a woman.  Ha.  Worked my ass off anyway and came in 22:25.  Over a minute quicker than last time (although conditions much better this time).  And wasn't too far off some of my quicker lady clubmates so I'll take that.  Bacon sandwich to refuel.  Really pleased...another minute (and 7 seconds) off and I'll hit PB pace.   Just the little matter of an 18 miler to run tomorrow morning and then the weeks work is done.   

Good work on broaching the MF5, DT.  Amazed that there is a level of aggro beyond which the thing is a done deal .  But will be good to have a few Threadies (Threadites?  Skinnies? Overdones?) doing it anyway.  Probably a nice family day anyway as there is a nice playground in the Memorial Park and hopefully it will be a bit less baltic by then.  

I don't have much of a clue about the finer points of club admin.  I would have thought Lou would be the one to ask as a Club Secretary.  Oh.  


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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 10:37

Did my tempo run last night after the kids were in bed (at 9pm Bob, since you ask...I'm not frit of going out in the cold and dark).  9 miles with 5 at threshold pace.  Went pretty well.  First mile of tempo I was thinking this feels ok when it turned out I was only running at MP so had to speed up a bit.  Splits came out 7:40; 7:36; 7:31; 7:21; 7:32 for an average of 7:30ish.  So I'm happy with that.  And it's nice that it's over quicker. Nobody else out in the cold at 10pm though.  

Trying to sort my sharpening races out.  So I have Cov Half on 1st March (to run all out), Warwick half 22nd March (MP run to replace 20 with 14 at MP, will run there), am thinking of doing that Shakespeare 10km (that Lou did) on 14th March...with long run the following day as it is a Sat race.  And then poss Massey Ferguson 5m Easter race on 5th April.  But then I'd need to do my long run on the Monday which is ok as that's Easter Monday.  Plus maybe do Parkruns for where the other sharpening races are meant to be.   Does that sound about right?  What are the other spring marathoners doing?  

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Posted: 22/01/2015 at 18:12

You've changed.  What's wrong with a pint of mild?

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Posted: 20/01/2015 at 11:59

Madbee – glad you’re starting to get on the mend and well done for hitting tempo paces when still feeling a bit rubbish.  V well done on Mr Mad too.  It’s lovely when you get to feel proud of your other half’s running exploits too

Bob – might as well be cautious with it as you’re in a base phase and not near a target race. 

Good tempo’ing, Lit.  I’ve swapped mine around this week so doing it on Thursday to give it more distance from Sunday’s race. 

Great race report, Muddy.  I’ve read before (can’t remember where) that in a Half that first 10 miles are for pacing and the last 3 miles are for racing.  So up to that point just tick the miles off according to plan and then see what you’ve got left.  Sounds like you were feeling really strong though. 

Put in my 10 miles General aerobic with the buggy this morning.  Had to pop into the Doc’s after the first couple of miles but luckily they ran on time and I nipped in and out.  Cold and frosty but a lovely sunny day – quite happy with winter training when it’s like this.  

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Posted: 18/01/2015 at 17:20

Edit to above: 57:12 - the 3 was a typo, sadly 

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Posted: 18/01/2015 at 15:55

Muddy - in awe as always

Marrows - I was also questioning your sobriety.  What's your beef with the gingerbread men?  

Great long run, Lit.  I've made this my cutback week which is quite nice to only run 35 miles.

Excellent PBing in shit conditions, Charlie - just think what you'll hit in summer!

Fab running from Mrs Skinny and sounds like it was fortuitous the race was cancelled, Skinny, if not on top form.

Raced Not the Roman IX in Stratford upon Avon today which isn't 9. It's actually 12km which was a PB, being a random distance! Couple of miles of flat followed by a long uphill of two miles and then a lot of lovely down before a little sting in the tail hill and a leg it to the finish. Was a bit unsure of how to pace it so thought I might go for 7:30's. Had planned to get in a nice warm up of 2 or 3 miles but faffing about with clothing and talking to clubmates and finding somewhere for a wee, plus breastfeeding the baby meant a crappy half mile warm up to the start (not enough!) punctuated with a stop behind an extremely patchy hedge for a wee.

Rather an over-enthusiastic first mile of 7:15 because our team captain had bullied me into going nearer the front resulting in tired legs for "the hill" and hoardes of people overtaking me whilst I died. (Splits 7:44 and 8:25). Friend of mine who i am normally miles ahead of overtook me at this point.  Congratulated her through gritted teeth. Bloody voices in my head were chuntering at me about being rubbish on the hill and I figured I needed the race to learn how to shut them up again.

But I was quite pleased to go past 5km in faster than my most recent parkrun though so figured things couldn't be that bad.  Things improved on the downhill and I hit 7:46, 7:10 (very down), 7:37 and 7:44.  More importantly I overtook my mate again  .  The voices in my head were a bit put out when we went past the 10km marker as they'd had enough.  Then we had to go up another hill with tired legs but much shorter than the other.  Anyway we pushed on a bit more and then the last half mile passed at 7:16 pace. So came in at 53:14 I think unofficially which is 7:38 average - will probs be a few secs faster chip time I think. Not miles over where I thought I could poss come in so pretty pleased with progress. About 3 mins slower than my buddy who I used to be v close to in races - getting there, still work to do.  McMillan suggests a 22:39 5km and 3:40 marathon so still about 1 and a half mins off 5km PB pace.  But still early in the marathon training programme so lots of time I guess.  And when I ditch this remaining stone it's got to speed me up, surely.  

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